2010 Chanin Wine Company "Los Alamos Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light, bright gold. Fresh pear, melon and tangerine scents are complicated by smoky lees and ginger, with chalk and floral nuances adding lift. Bright, energetic and pure, offering palate-staining orchard fruit flavors and a firm spine of chalky minerality. The mineral-dominated, impressively long finish features suave notes of honeysuckle and orange zest.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chardonnay Los Alamos Vineyard shows the more delicate side of Chardonnay in its understated personality. Lemon, pears, white flowers and a subtle hint of oak flow through nicely to the mineral-laced finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. Gavin Chanin produced one of the most impressive collections of wines I tasted during my tour of the Central Coast.
Pure and delicate, offering complex citrus, lime and green apple flavors, with a briny seashell minerality. Drink now through 2018.
Recently named one of the San Francisco Chronicle's winemaker's to watch, you do not want to miss the wines from up-and-coming winemaker Gavin Chanin, who specializes in small lot productions of balanced, finely-tuned wines that are distinctive and delicious on their own but made with the intent to be enjoyed with a meal. Fruit for 2010 "Los Alamos Vineyard" Chardonnay was hand-picked early in the morning (to preserve freshness) from a higher elevation site on the vineyard where the soil is more alluvial in nature, infused with shale, and known to yield complex, mineral-inflected wines. 2010 was a calm, cool, and even vintage, enabling Chanin to strike the perfect balance between optimized ripeness and restrained alcohol in the finished wine. Barrel fermented in mostly used (1/3 new) French oak with minimal intervention during an almost eighteen month ageing period, only a tiny amount of this Chardonnay was produced (less than 150 cases), bottled unfiltered. According to Chanin: "This wine has tremendous focus and energy. There is a great paprika and spice component on the nose as well as green apple skin and ripe apricot. The palate is mineral, and finishes with great viscous concentration and length. In typical form of Los Alamos Vineyard, which is planted on an ancient sand dune, the palate has a unique saline quality that waters the mouth and lasts for minutes."